Special Election Day Recipe: The Controversial Obama Family Chili

A few weeks ago, we brought you Mitt Romney's Favorite Meatloaf Cakes, so today, in the interest of being fair and balanced, we have a special Obama Recipe. From Barack Obama's very own Campaign Snacks Pinterest Board, it's the Official Obama Family Chili. Now, chili comes in so many varieties, from a purely meaty Cincinnati chili to vegetarian chili with plenty of beans, corn, and maybe even sweet potato. There are just as many viewpoints on chili as their are styles. And since election season has so many people in the mood to debate, it's no surprise that a bit of a debate broke out in the comments on Obama's Pinterest pin. One comment sparked the debate by declaring that this is "SO NOT how you make chili", and it went from there with comments questioning whether something containing red wine vinegar and served over rice should even be called "chili".


Whatever you prefer to call it, this is a quick, simple and hearty meal. The red wine vinegar adds a bright tanginess that makes this chili unique. I opted to use a large can of diced tomatoes to make it even easier. I also opted to use fresh basil instead of dried for better flavor. Since I didn't have turmeric on hand, I used curry powder (which contains turmeric) instead. Finally, I added some salt and cayenne pepper for heat. Overall, I was very pleased with the results and would make it again.

Make it tonight with the Mitt Romney's Meatloaf Cakes for your election night party!

Obama Family Chili

Adapted from Barack Obama 

Serves 4.


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 15 oz. can of kidney beans, drained
  • 6-8 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • sour cream (garnish)
  • shredded cheddar cheese (garnish)
  • green onion (garnish)


  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven. Add onions, pepper, and garlic and cook until soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add ground meat to the pot and brown.
  3. Mix together chili powder, curry powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add to pot and mix well.
  4. Add red wine vinegar and can of tomatoes with juice. Cook until heated through.
  5. Add kidney beans and basil.
  6. Taste, adjust seasonings, and simmer for 20 minutes to allow flavors to meld.

Serve over rice or on it's own. Garnish with sour cream, cheese, and green onions.

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oh lol! That was a really a hilarious opening line. But trust me..... This dish is extremely delicious....... Do not forget to spread the ground meat to the pot.


I prepared this one last time with my friends......Thanks a lot for sharing this interesting post......!!!

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